Of Rain & Rest Days

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Rain.

It’s pretty much the only weather I’ve seen in the past two weeks aside from the Super Bowl, which, of course, I spent inside. The dreary, gloomy weather is pretty rough on us island folk. The day feels longer, the hours tick by slower, and we all just feel kinda . . . drab.

While I’ve upped my dose of Vitamin D since I haven’t been getting it from the sun, the only way I’ve felt during these long rainy weeks is sick. Not cold-sick, or flu-sick, but something’s really sick-sick.

Being sick sucks for anyone, but it’s brutal on those of us that love to run, workout, and eat healthy. While the weather has forced me to cut back on my running, the extra hours of rest and sleep are filled with fitness-related stress. Should I be eating more carbs? Or protein? Am I going to lose ALL of my hard work instantly?

I know I need to rest – my body is practically forcing that to happen. But I think I need to rest on a mental level, too. I’m a creature of habit, so it’s hard to get myself off the run-stretch-lift-workout-protein-carbs-good fats train. On a deeper level, I don’t like being out of control of my routine. And in that aspect, my body is totally kicking my ass.

Anyway, I’m dedicating this week to getting better. Not just better enough to go on a run tomorrow, but completely, whole-heartedly better. Which means complete, whole-hearted rest. Logically, I do know that a week of solid rest won’t compromise (or totally destroy) months and months of hard work and good habits.

Cheers to stepping back, letting go, and leaving the miraculous human body to its own recovery.

To good health (and some sun!)
Nikki

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